Obituary for Robert Britton, 80

December 02,1941 To January 24,2022,


Funeral Services
A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.


PAWS or Stronghold Rescue and Relief

Fayette resident, Robert Britton, 80, passed away at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia, MO on January 24, 2022. Robert Lynn Britton was born in Kirksville, MO on December 2, 1941, a son to the late James Lyle and Sarah Pansy (Spencer) Britton. He attended a one-room schoolhouse (with his mother as teacher) for the first eight grades of school. Robert graduated from Brookfield High School in 1959, and attended Central College, now Central Methodist University, in Fayette, MO for two years. During college, he was in the Marine Platoon Leaders Corps. Following his education, Robert enlisted with the United States Air Force and served on active duty in Texas, later serving in the Vietnam War as an advisor in 1963-1964. He graduated from the Jack Frye Institute of Aviation as a Flight Engineer in 1966 and was a pilot for Trans World Airlines (TWA) from 1966-1993. On January 21, 1967, Robert married Morrene Hughes at the First Christian Church in Fayette. Together, they enjoyed over 49 years of marriage. Morrene preceded him in death on October 1, 2016. Anyone who met him knew that Robert’s first love was flying, though he also enjoyed horseback riding, tennis, golf, friends, jokes, dogs, and traveling. He was hired by TWA as a Flight Engineer, then promoted to First Officer, Captain, and then Check Captain/Airman. As Check Captain, Robert was certified to perform checks on new pilots and conduct continual line pilot checks, resulting in the termination or promotion of existing pilots. He flew the Boeing 707, Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9, and Douglas MD-80 series aircraft and was based in San Francisco, Kansas City, and St Louis. After retiring from TWA, he flew a Beechcraft Duke and Mitsubishi Solitaire for Mid-Missouri Cellular – Mid-Missouri Telephone for six years. He was a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), the Quiet Birdmen, Airline Pilots Association, past President of the Midwest Bonanza Society, past Secretary/member of The Round Table club, and past Elder at the First Christian Church in Fayette. Robert had also been serving on the Exchange Bank Board. He earned the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2020 for his “fifty years of exemplary aviation experience, distinguished professionalism, and steadfast commitment to aviation safety”. Robert and his late wife, Morrene, lived on and operated her family farm near Fayette and enjoyed many years of flying their Beechcraft Bonanza off the grass strip he built there in 1973. Robert continued to manage the family farm and fly his own plane; in fact, his last flight was on his 80th birthday, just last December! He is survived by his daughter, Alison (Joshua) Dice of Overland Park, KS; four grandchildren, Ashton, Rhett, Kaylina and Caden; and his very special significant other, Paula Dolan. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Spencer Britton. A private celebration of life will be held at the family farm, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are suggested to PAWS or Stronghold Rescue and Relief. Arrangements are under the direction of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248.